10 / 10
"... without a doubt one of the best ( if not the best) albums released in 2020/21 ... master of furious melody … pure devotion to chaos, which conquers without a doubt all the darkest nostalgic waters ..."
(Science Of Noise)
6 / 6
"… joy of playing meets Nordic coldness ... convinces with playing quality and an intense atmosphere ... an album, which can not be more authentic ... production presses properly and also the variable song structures, make the album a complete coherent whole."
9,1 / 10
"... a tribute to the Swedish titans ... multifaceted ... boredom does not arise at any time ... from blast beats, melodic jagged guitars, a black bite to worn anthemic epic parts, the fan of the Swedish black root gets everything ... full of dedication, full of passion, full of enthusiasm and love for the 90s Black Metal from Sweden."
(Time For Metal)
19 / 20
"… original compositions … offers both the testimony to an ageless heritage to Emperor, Sacramentum and co. but also a devastating creativity and an icy mastery."
90 / 100
"… vocals are extremely similar to Jon of Dissection … some might even call it a 'Storm Of The Lights Bane Part II' … really exciting …"
9 / 10
"… as if from one cast ... gets along - even with almost one hour playing time - completely without gap fillers ... the thin, transparent production skillfully captures the ice-cold atmosphere ... if you like bands like Dissection, Dawn, Necrophobic, Unanimated, Naglfar or Sacramentum, you can't miss this masterpiece ... absolute must-buy ..."
9 / 10
"… pure energy bomb … a lesson how to write and play perfect … no fillers … only dark energy, cold yet warming to your old blackened metal heart … epic ..."
4 / 5
"... a working, dynamic, determined disc with an obvious quality in all its forms."
(El Portal Del Metal)
8,7 / 10
"… is utilizing well-tread ground but does it with such passion and understanding of what makes the style work that listeners are still likely to be drawn in … a very strong start that fans of Dissection would be recommended to seek out."
8,5 / 10
"... really cool ... this is how Melodic Black Metal has to sound ... timeless, no frills, nordic, epic ..."
8,5 / 10
"… a classic Black Metal work … sounds superbly good … pure brutality … has everything … riffs, speed, darkness … excellent drums …"
8,5 / 10
"… on a frighteningly high level ... melodic, furious riffing irresistibly mills itself into the auditory canals, the drum work is extremely driving and the vocals spread a pleasant Nödtveidt feeling ... pure joy of playing melodic Black Metal, which you rarely get to hear in this quality anymore."
8,5 / 10
"Like an icy, dark and heavy avalanche crashing down on you … big melodies … almost to the point of hypnosis … the mixing of the album is also to be praised: the instruments are clear, the sound is fuller than a red wine aged in oak barrels, and the drums sound with elemental power."
80 / 100
"… one delicious melody after another … delightful … absolutely capable of evoking the Swedish feeling …"
8 / 10
"... the result of a unique artistic vision ... guitar playing is effective … extremely atmospheric … drumming goes in the faster direction, which I appreciate … production is very good."
8 / 10
"... an interesting release ... unstoppable hurricane of sawing guitars and raging drums ... the variety of musical diversity is simply incredible."
8 / 10
"… heavily rooted in the 90's Swedish style … a great amount of melody … great …"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)
8 / 10
"… old school with great melodies … talent is overflowing … I strongly recommend it to all fans of bands such as Dissection, Unanimated, early Naglfar and even Vinterland … a great debut …"
(This Is Black Metal)
78 / 100
"… scales with great forcefulness … an equally powerful battery … loaded with augmented, melancholic melodic guitars with atmospheric and acoustic pauses, without losing the brutality that is characterized."
7,5 / 10
"… fits exactly between a more varied genre position (represented by Dissection, Sacramentum, Cardinal Sin, Unanimated or Decameron) and a more aggressive, black, but still very melodic position (Noctes, Blot Mine, Dawn and especially Vinterland … very significant … you will also come across links to Lord Belial, Gates Of Ishtar and early Naglfar."
7 / 10
"… guitars with a clear Scandinavian Melodic Black Metal influence ... epic and dramatic ... everything revolves around rhythmic exchanges, rolls leading to the classic outburst, but there are also fast and direct dynamic parts … the vicious, corrupt and unhealthy aura of the genre is clearly heard ... good example of a reference to a bygone era with an heartfelt debut and an fair homage."
7 / 10
"… fast and heavy sound … soul-wrenching screams … steady, galloping drums … great potential …"
7 / 10
"… a thoroughly enjoyable Melodic Black Metal album … dynamic shifts, always maintaining neat textures … his technical ability is clearly excellent … he ought to be proud of this debut."
7 / 10
"A great work … interesting and involving for everyone even for those who don't chew Metal and the black flame all day long."
(Book Of Metal)
3 / 5
"… sounding huge … the drums thunder across the sonic field like a a rumbling tank whilst the snare shoots through your ears like a machine gun … really love the sharpness and clarity of the guitar tones … icy riffs … very well mixed album … adds that bit extra as well as maintaining the aggression and rawness of the songs."
"… will not fail to make people talk about it and make the artist rising into another dimension … in any case a first album of great quality released by the Texan project, which leaves with a head start to win the honorary title of the discovery of the year.""
"… a gem that does not stop to scream out of the chest … the reproducibility is quite high with the musicality that everyone remembers … especially the first half of songs is convincing ... a masterpiece … recommended for all Black Metal fans …"
(Noisy Minority Work)
"… full of melody, amazing riffs and all together do very good songs, and the very good songs do an amazing album."
"… was recommended to me by a member of The Metal Gamer community and I can’t thank her enough for it! This debut screams Dissection, hell I even had to check at times if it wasn’t them playing some unreleased tracks or something … if you love melodic Death/Black Metal then you will love this, simple as that."
(The Metal Gamer)
"… a highly-melodic work, full of the sort of genuine lead guitar work often missing from extreme Metal."
(No Clean Singing)
"Pure and hard brutality with an undeniable classic evocation … sounds very good … a lot of power."
"Like a skilled Swedish craftsman, the American creates Black Metal in the best traditions of Dissection and Sacramentum … damn convincing and authentic … extremely guitar-oriented … torpedoing the listener with a lot of sharp-cutting riffs! … simply great … highly recommended."
"Ripping, Dissection/Dawn worshipping Melo-Black from Texas … slightly more on the raw side than what you typically hear in modern melodic BM, which is a pleasant surprise … definitely sounds promising …"
"From the very first seconds, his melodic Black Metal quickly takes us into the darkness thanks to his keyboard arrangements and his melodic guitar riffs … I really like his very screaming voice which reminds me of Immortal's singer … I recommend 'The Everlorn' to fans of Mörk Gryning and Grafvitnir … very catchy."
"From the first track 'Where Starlight Does Not Shine' to the final 'Omega XI', it was impossible for me to detach myself from listening to the last note and with great pleasure I turned up the volume to catch every aspect … if you feel orphaned of this sound, the feeling will be to return to a place of which you felt nostalgia … a warmly recommended listening."
(The Murder Inn)
"... interesting and varied intonation ... a very successful debut for fans of Scandinavian black metal who like harsh guitar playing, gripping melodies and ice-cold atmosphere ... names like Dissection, Vinterland and Sacramentum fall as role models not without reason."
"… shows the pure Black Metal art enlaced and entangled with a pure beastly beauty … once melodic, always melodic … delivers an insane cadence full of acid guitars performed as fast as it is possible … makes the fan jawbreaks … wonderful …"
"… classic Black Metal from the (black) book … execution is strong … wonderful to be carried away by the repetitive rhythms … has an almost hypnotic effect … the melodic leads are real earwigs … fans of the mentioned style and bands will certainly enjoy …"
(Wings Of Death)
"… simply great … reaches very high levels in terms of composition, musicianship, and production … recommended for all old school Black Death Metal nostalgics."
(Unholy Black Metal)
"… an explosive exhibition of sonic mayhem well worth seeking out …"
"… offers 8 cool and distant Melodic Black Metal tracks … fast with melancholic and memorable riffs … it's really nice to hear that every track is beautifully written and sounds interesting even at high speed… quite intense but still piercing the soul … most of the album’s tracks are killer, so don’t skip any, including the instrumental 'Soul Of The Flame' … I'm really impressed …"
(Dissecting The Euphony)
"... imaginative guitar playing ... you are really beaten down by hammering drums ... no monotony whatsoever ... best suited for those who like to have their ears cleaned by fast-paced, bludgeon-hard playing with short melodic breathers ... punchy riffs ... menacing atmosphere ... an album full of variety ..."